It’s Father’s Day today. I wanted to write a list post about loving, awesome dads in anime, but I think the mere existence of Gendou Ikari snuffs out any growing notion in my mind that they exist. And I need to do this quick, since my dad is taking us somewhere today~!
That out of the way, have a go at this song:
There will be a tomorrow
when even this little bird that turned from his parents
can someday return to their kind bosom, right?
Yet why can’t I even meet father’s shadow?
Am I going to cry? No way, I’m a man.
I believe, I believe in that day,
the day I embrace my father in my arms.
This ED, Chichi wo Motomete, is arguably more representative of the series than its OP, Voltes V no Uta.
One reason why Voltes V is very beholden in the Philippines, is because at its the very heart is a search for a father. Ken’ichi, Daijirou and Hiyoshi fight in the hopes of finding their father, Dr. Kentarou Go, who had gone missing. It took decades after a politically-induced cancellation to re-air the series in full, culminating into a TV movie of the last few episodes that Toei lovingly compiled for us.
Which just means that a whole lot of people never got to see the end of it. An entire generation lived and died without knowing the ultimate fate of Dr. Kentarou.
But it was a happy ending. And I had thought as a kid that it would end badly–that Dr. Kentarou would take a bullet for his sons, or that he had died already before seeing them again. Already a cynic by age 11, I was not prepared for a tearful, yet happy reunion.
I’m probably being sentimental again. But when my younger self stayed up late to finish that TV movie, I felt an end of an era.
Happy Father’s Day!